The Bianconeri welcomed a familiar face back to Juventus Center as legendary defender Lilian Thuram popped in to greet former team-mates Gianluca Pessotto, Antonio Conte and Gigi Buffon before this afternoon’s training session.
Plenty of smiles and hugs were exchanged as the World Cup winner returned to his old stamping ground before watching the Bianconeri put through their paces ahead of Saturday evening’s final Serie A clash of the season against Sampdoria in Genoa.
The 41-year-old, who represented Juventus from 2001 to 2006, treated the entire first-team squad to a copy of his book ‘Le mie stelle nere’ (My black stars), a self-penned publication promoting the fight against racism.
It is a subject Thuram has worked tirelessly to champion since bringing down the curtain on his illustrious professional career in 2008, following a two-year spell with Catalan giants Barcelona.
The ‘Lilian Thuram Foundation’, an initiative designed to educate youngsters on the values of a multicultural society, has enjoyed immense success since its establishment in 2008 .
And Thuram can count on a strong ally in Juventus, a club determined to combat any form of racism through its ‘Un calcio al razzismo’ (Kick out racism) and ‘Gioca con me’ (Play with me) projects.